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8:35 AM ET, March 15, 2016

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Is No Accident  —  Establishment Republicans who are horrified by the rise of Donald Trump might want to take a minute to remember the glitch heard round the world — the talking point Marco Rubio couldn't stop repeating in a crucial debate, exposing him to devastating ridicule and sending his campaign into a death spiral.
Discussion: Slantpoint and Mashable
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MilitaryTimes:
Military Times survey: Troops back Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders for president  —  In an exclusive survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as active-duty service members' top choices to become the next commander in chief.
Discussion: WHNT-TV
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Trump breaks 50% in national support for the first time  —  Showing little sign of a “ceiling”, Donald Trump has only grown in support with the exit of Ben Carson and Marco Rubio's collapse … In the last two weeks, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has won more delegates in primaries and caucuses …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Final preparations for court war  —  President Obama and his Republican opponents are making the final preparations for a public relations war over the vacancy on the Supreme Court.  —  It is likely to be one of the most heated confirmation fights in recent memory, with both sides expected …
Discussion: Hot Air and Associated Press
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Supreme Court Seat Sits Empty, and Calls to Fill It Dog Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — As Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah addressed the conservative Federalist Society luncheon on Friday at a Chinatown restaurant, young protesters from the liberal group Generation Progress suddenly broke into loud chants of …
Los Angeles Times:
Southern California's Paul J. Watford is among Obama's top choices for Supreme Court
Discussion: Associated Press
Bill Hoffmann / Newsmax:
Ben Carson to Newsmax: I'm Promised a Spot in Trump Administration  —  Dr. Ben Carson revealed on Newsmax TV Monday that he will work in Donald Trump's administration — at least in an “advisory capacity” — if the Republican presidential front-runner is elected to the White House.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Carson: 'We're only looking at four years' if Trump's a bust
Discussion: The Week and US News
New York Times:
What We're Watching as 5 States Hold Crucial Primaries  —  Voters in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio cast crucial ballots in the race for the presidency on Tuesday.  Here are some of the things we will be watching.  —  The end or the beginning?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and The Week
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz campaign doubles down in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina
Discussion: Washington Post
David French / National Review:
Working-Class Whites Have Moral Responsibilities — In Defense of Kevin Williamson  —  This weekend, my colleague Kevin Williamson kicked up quite the hornet's nest with his magazine piece (subscription required) that strikes directly at the idea that the white working-class (the heart of Trump's support) is a victim class.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Trump campaign manager's behavior prompted staff concerns  —  Donald Trump's staff and advisers have expressed concerns about campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's quick temper and heavy-handed leadership, and some even planned a coup against him last month, sources involved in the discussions told POLITICO.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Two more staffers resign from Breitbart
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Pastor kicks off Trump rally by calling for Bernie Sanders to convert: 'Bernie's got to meet Jesus'  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A North Carolina pastor warmed up the crowd at a Donald Trump rally by urging Sen. Bernie Sanders to become a Christian.
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
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USA Today:
Poll shows that millennials would flock to Clinton against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos and RedState
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Tech mogul accused of keeping ex-stripper as sex slave for 13 years  —  A Silicon Valley venture capitalist has been sued for $40 million by a woman who claims he used her as a virtual sex slave for 13 years.  —  Michael Goguen, who had worked for a firm that funded Google and Paypal …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
N.C. sheriff's office won't file ‘inciting a riot’ charge against Trump  —  What's at stake in the Ohio GOP primary? … Catch up on the 2016 race  —  Republican front-runner Donald Trump will not face charges of inciting a riot after a raucous rally in North Carolina last week …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Huckabee: Trump is Clinton's ‘worst nightmare’  —  Hillary Clinton and her allies are underestimating Donald Trump at their own peril, according to Mike Huckabee.  —  The former Arkansas governor was asked about a POLITICO interview with Hillary Clinton's top strategist and pollster Joel Benenson …
Toronto Sun:
Man in attack on Canadian Forces members in Toronto said ‘Allah’: Sources  —  TORONTO -  —  A brazen knife attack that sent two Canadian soldiers to hospital was disturbing enough, but police sources say it was the attacker uttering the word “Allah” that prompted Toronto Police to call in terror experts.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Associated Press:
TODD PALIN EXPECTED TO RECOVER FROM SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An associate of Todd Palin says Sarah Palin's husband is expected to recover from a snowmobile accident in Alaska that left him hospitalized.  —  Scott Davis, Todd Palin's former snowmobile racing partner …
Discussion: Mediaite and Orlando Sentinel
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Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Putin Orders Start of Syria Withdrawal, Saying Goals Are Achieved  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday ordered the withdrawal of the “main part” of Russian forces in Syria, a surprise move that he said was justified by the “overall completion” of Moscow's military mission in the war-ravaged country.
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Denis Dyomkin / Reuters:
Putin orders start of Russian forces' withdrawal from Syria
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A King in His Castle: How Donald Trump Lives, From His Longtime Butler  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — Everything seemed to sparkle at the Mar-a-Lago estate here on a recent afternoon.  The sun glinted off the pool and the black Secret Service S.U.V.s in the circular driveway.
Discussion: The Week
Blake Neff / The Daily Caller:
NYT Visits Trump Campaign Office, Amazed By Presence Of Non-Whites  —  The New York Times published a profile of a Donald Trump campaign office in Florida, expressing astonishment at the number of non-white people and immigrants working in it.  —  Recently, the media have honed in on the support …
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Republicans controlling the House are pressing ahead with an annual fiscal measure despite lingering opposition from tea party conservatives over its endorsement of higher spending permitted by last year's bipartisan budget and debt deal.  —  Several GOP lawmakers exiting a Monday evening strategy session …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
This Election Is 1968 All Over Again, And That's Not A Good Thing  —  Trump is George Wallace on steroids.  Cleveland resembles the Chicago of long ago.  And the bottom line back then was Richard Nixon.  —  Global Editorial Director, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON — It was the spring …
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James S. Robbins / USA Today:   If anti-Trump protests grow, they could hand Donald the election: James Robbins
Claude Brodesser-Akner / New Jersey Online:
Christie skips N.J. trooper funeral to campaign for Trump  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will not attend the Monday funeral of the New Jersey State Trooper who was killed in the line duty last week, and will instead spend the day campaigning out of state for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
 
 
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Kwame Opam / The Verge:
@MichelleObama  —  The First Lady needed a turnip.
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Trump-Berlusconi Syndrome
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
CBS Sued Over 'Judge Judy's $47M Salary & Profits From Syndicated Series
Discussion: LawNewz
Sen. David Perdue / The Daily Signal:
Why Washington's Political Class Is Losing Control
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sounding valedictory, Rubio blames ‘disintegration of our culture’ for nasty politics
David Weigel / Washington Post:
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Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Gawker owner explains difference between a Miley and an Obama sex tape
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Mayo: My choice at Trump rally - Leave or go to jail
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
New Anti-Trump Ad Quotes Trump Saying 'Women, You Gotta Treat ‘Em Like Sh**’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Great Divide
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Stop blaming Trump supporters for campaign violence
KFOR-TV:
Watch: Dashcam video shows why you should never tailgate drivers
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